Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Monomoy Girl, Bucchero, Promises Fulfilled, Reflect

(Monomoy Girl winning the KY Oaks this Spring / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know.  Some of them, you may not know — as of yet.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Bucchero, the all-time winningest Indiana-bred in history after his victory in the G2 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Tim Glyshaw. The 6YO son of Kantharos went an easy half mile in :48.60, which was the 12th best time out of 70 to go the distance. This grass expert now is being pointed to the BC Turf Sprint. So far this year, he has a 1-1-2 record in 5 starts.
  2. Dak Attack, a 3YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Dale Romans, was absolutely terrific in his long-awaited return to the races at Keeneland on Oct. 10. He was nipped at the wire, and had to settle for a second, but the allowance feature was akin to a Stakes race. He was back on the track this morning at Churchill Downs, working a half mile in :49.60. That was 33rd best out of the 70.
  3. Mr. Freeze, winner of the West Virginia Derby for Romans, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The 3YO son of To Honor and Serve went an easy half mile in :52.60. That was 67th out of the 70. In five career starts, Mr. Freeze has a record of 3-1-0. The only time he missed the board was his 8th place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby in the last out.
  4. Promises Fulfilled, who won the G2 Phoenix Stakes in his first try against older horses last time out, worked this morning for trainer Dale Romans. The 3YO son of Shackleford has turned into one of the world’s best sprinters since being cut back from the Classic distances. This morning, he breezed a half mile in :48 flat, which was the 4th best time out of the 70. This one has won three Graded Stakes in a row and now figures to be one of the best going into the Breeders’ Cup. Brilliant.
  5. Reflect, a 2YO Trappe Shot and trained by J. Keith Desormeaux, worked for the first time since her impressive second in the G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 5. Ran second to Restless Rider in that event, and she looked none the worse for wear this a.m. She went a half mile under the Twin Spires in :48.40. That was the 9th best time out of 70. Beware.
  6. Mia Mischief, a brilliantly fast filly by Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The 3YO filly — who has been second in each of her last two major Stakes events — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. That was the 6th best time out of 44 to go that far.
  7. Monomoy Girl, still the best 3YO filly in the world despite an unfortunate DQ in the G1 Cotillion Stakes in her last out, worked for trainer Brad Cox this morning at Churchill Downs. The “Champ” went 5 furlongs in a brisk 1:00.20. That was the 3rd fastest time out of the 44. Ready. Set. Waiting for the next go in the BC Distaff.
  8. Seven Trumpets, second to stablemate Promises Fulfilled in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga two starts back, worked for trainer Dale Romans in Louisville this morning. The 3YO Morning Line colt went 5 furlongs in 1:00.20. That was tied for the 3rd fastest time, with the “Champ.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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